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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Although most states do not require specific bailiff certification, certification as a peace officer or officer of the court is often required. States vary in their requirements; for example, requirements for bailiff certification in Missouri include completing a Peace Officer Standards and Training Program, being at least 21 years of age, being a U.S. citizen, and having no criminal history. Candidates who fulfill such requirements and pass the Missouri Peace Officer licensing exam are then certified peace officers and can work as bailiffs. Other states may require bailiffs to be licensed law enforcement officers, such as police officers or sheriff's deputies. Some employers, such as sheriff's departments, may require bailiffs to have firearms certification. Other employers may require bailiffs to have valid driver's licenses for the state in which they work. Check with the law enforcement agency or your local courthouse to find out the specific requirements for your state.

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